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The Lithgow, New South Wales (NSW) branch of VERTO employment services and the Secret Creek wildlife sanctuary have teamed up in the creation of a new scheme that aims to help local unemployed people re-enter the workforce and help the environment.
The project, funded by the Department of Employment, will work towards restoring damage to the Secret Creek sanctuary following recent bush fires and flooding, whilst providing participants with skills that will assist them seeking employment in the future.
'This will be a great help not just in restoring badly damaged areas at Secret Creek sanctuary, but also in helping local people, especially members of our Aboriginal community develop skills in conservation and land management that will not only benefit the environment, but the community as well,' said Head Ranger, Shaun Hooper.
Work will include building a fence around the entirety of the Secret Creek reserve, repairing fire damaged walking tracks and bridges, constructing and maintaining animal enclosures and spraying noxious weeds around creek areas.
Source: Lithgow Mercury